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Grateful Dead Live at Kiel Auditorium on 1973-10-30

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Grateful Dead Live at Kiel Auditorium on 1973-10-30

Publication date 1973-10-30 (check for other copies)
Topics Live concert
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Here Comes Sunshine, Me & My Uncle, Ramble On Rose, Looks Like Rain, Deal, Mexicali Blues, They Love Each Other, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Jack Straw, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Playin' In The Band Mississippi Half Step, Big River, Dark Star-> Mind Left Body Jam -> Dark Star -> Stella Blue-> Eyes Of The World-> Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow, Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Johnny B. Goode, E: One More Saturday Night


Source: MSR > D > PCM > D > CD patched with AUD

Conversion: CD > EAC > WAV > retracking (shntool) > SHN

Complete show with AUD patches via Dave Greenberg and Jim Powell. Retrack of CDA seed circulated 3/2003 to incorporate separate crowd tracks into song tracks. Different lineage from previous seed. Cut to start Me & My Uncle patched w/ AUD, no cut in Mexicali. Does have anomolies in China Cat & Eyes noted in that seed.


Reviewer: Splash63 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2016
Subject: lethargic?
Reviewer: quinn_76! - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2014
Subject: Sleepy in St. Louis, Part 2
The second night at the Kiel unfortunately is marred by another night of nearly lethargic playing. While this show is not a throwaway (it is 1973 Dead, after all), it pales in comparison to other shows from the era. For those with the constitution for cherry picking segments of shows, allow me to recommend the Dark Star->MLB Jam->Dark Star, but with reservation. I’d hardly call it essential material. The MLB jam itself is perhaps the highlight of the evening, played at almost half speed, with no sense of urgency or gusto in the playing--just a patient wait with a “bucket beneath the cow” mentality. I consider this portion of the show to be nice supplemental material, once the cream of 1973 (and there is a lot of cream to be had, folks) has already been obtained. I’ll concede there’s a certain serene feeling that is elicited in the aforementioned segue, but it’s perhaps best played in a dreamy state late at night on a cold winters night. While it may be true that certain “space-heads” and mellow Dead aficionados may find something to treasure here, the general listener, and certainly the deadhead who appreciates the more energetic and inspired Dead will be left with an itchy sensation that was never fully scratched. To be conscientiously objective here, I can’t warrant more than three stars (two and a half if allowed) for this show, overall.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2011
Subject: Naptime
This show is very beautiful and nearly flawlessly played. The Dark Star is creative and the Eyes is definitely one of the better versions of '73.

But here is where I run into a problem with fall '73 vs. '74, and part of why I like '74 better: shows like this one are just too mellow! Don't get me wrong, I love the dreamy, spacey side of the Dead, but I have heard this show several times now and I just think there are far more energetic and enjoyable performances from fall '73.

I really dig the 10/25 show, for instance, and of course the monsters of November like 11/14 and 11/17, way better than this one. Sorry folks but this is just imho.
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2010
Subject: One of the best
The first set maybe isn't that great by 73 standards, but the second certainly makes up for it. Just looking at the setlist, you can see it's packed. Sweet, sweet, jazzy DS with a lovely MLB jam. Stella tends to put me to sleep, but Eyes wakes me back up in smoking fashion. WRS on top of that is almost gratuitous. No complaints whatsoever about the sound. I'm glad I downloaded this while I still could.

edit 2/6/10: This is one of those shows that point out how essential it is to hear every instrument. Bob's playing is important to the sound just like anyone else in the band, and he especially shines on rollicking jams such as the pre-verse Dark Star jam or the incendiary Eyes outro. That's my biggest frustration with many 74 soundboards - you can't hear Bob, so the sound is thin and incomplete. Hey Rhino, how about a complete "retirement" shows release? How they can order a whole run removed from Archive when all they've released is a movie soundtrack with bits and pieces of multiple shows is beyond me.
Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2008
Subject: Wroth it for the MLB jam alone
the Dark Star > Mlb Jam > Dark Star....Lordy. It's Just Magic. It reminds me of Wagner's Tannhauser for some reason.
Reviewer: tigerbolt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2005
Subject: dank music 4 your head
great 73 performance,sound could be better but it's not bad.
Reviewer: swinnies - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2005
Subject: Phil Bombs--
Listen to Phil's Bombs on Dark Star...this is a great show, setting a precedent for the november chaos to follow...kiel auditorium got rocked on this night..and in the sweetness of fall 73' this show is one of the top 5 in all of 73' for me...get this show please...the band is on fire man...
Reviewer: southernflavour - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2005
Subject: holy smokes
Took me a while to get here, but it was worth it. October 73 is looking like one of the best in gd history.
First set hilite is China Rider. The jams are quite mellow but not lacking in quality.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2005
Subject: china>rider>playin very hot
Long drippy dark star, stella and then an eye-poppingly smoking eyes... Whole back end is great.
Reviewer: mux - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2005
Subject: Not a Master Reel / Noise Reduction Applied
12127 is not a Master Reel. It is likely, a Master Reel > Cassette that has had 15 to 20db noise reduction applied. Spectral analysis clearly shows how noise reduction has affected or removed the white noise.

12126 spectral analysis can be seen here:

12127 spectral analysis with the noise reduction can be seen here:

The noise reduction is done well. If this were labeled a remaster and the lineage was listed correctly, it would be considered a good job.
Reviewer: ImFromComptonBoieee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2005
Subject: great stuff
cant beat a Sunshine opener, and the Star is very good. nice lil MLB jam in there too. The Eyes from this show is one of my faves, definate groove fest with this one. Excellent show, decent sound quality.
Reviewer: thechaps57 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2004
Subject: True Five-Star Special
This show is a mind-bender, and the audio is among my favorites ever. Phil's bass booms and resonates in places, and Jerry's vocals are gorgeous. The microphone he's using makes it sound as if he's singing through an electrified megaphone to some extent. It lends a beautiful old-timey vibe to the recording. The band seems to have been in a mellow mood on this evening, but the playing is tight as hell. My favorite oxymoran: loose and tight.

"Here Comes Sunshine" is my favorite show opener ever. Right up there with "Help on the Way". Sublime Dark Star > Stella Blue.

All the years combined. They melt into a dream.


This is worth taking up a gig on your hard drive.


Reviewer: Teaklee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2004
Subject: Jazzy Dead
An awesome show with outstanding jamming. Indeed one of the truly best from the 73-74 era. A very fluid Dark Star compared to the crazy Star from 10/25/73.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2004
Subject: top 5!
This is a show that often gets overlooked in the amazing stack of shows that was 1973. They didn't do a show on Halloween that year, so this is really their Trick or Treater. And what a treat!The show kicks off with another great HC Sunshine, and the China>Rider and Playin are very strong. The 2nd Set features a rare pairing of Dark Star>Stella Blue>Eyes that really delivers the goods. That combination, plus a follow-up Weather Report Suite make this show a major contender for the top 5 in my book. The Dark Star is as cosmic as any from 1969, with Jerry and Phil playing off each other in some truly inspired moments. A show that only gets better with time!
Dr. Flashback :-)
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